What mathematical concepts do I need to master in order to understand how privacy in the Aztec Protocol works?

When I look at the white paper, I have no idea what is going on; however, I am confident in my ability to figure it out. The extent of my math knowledge is university level calculus.

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    From Mathematics Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Bilinear Pairing from Cryptography Zero Knowledge. Perhaps some Probability and Group Theory will be good also.
    – Ismael
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 21:14

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I agree with @Ismael, the central ideas are elliptic curve cryptography and secure commit-reveal schemes. The wikipedia page is a good start: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commitment_scheme

Good luck!

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